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How to Manage the Gap Between Vision and Current Reality

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By Chris McGoff

Peak performance cultures maintain a felt sense of creative tension. Peter Senge, author of The Fifth Discipline, says creative tension is the “gap between vision and current reality. It is a source of energy. If there were no gap, there would be no need for any action to move towards the vision.” Creative tension can […]

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How Great Leaders Make Tough Decisions

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By Chris McGoff

As business leaders we routinely find ourselves in the middle of arguments. At least we hope so. Because the more passion we generate about our company and its mission, the more our people will engage in arguments about strategy, structure, budgets, and action plans. Peak performance leaders know arguments and debates are inevitable. They also know how to best resolve […]

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Are Your Employees Victims, or Empowered? How to Create a Company Culture of Self-Actualization

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A good leader is highly attuned to their organization’s culture. And because it is a leader’s responsibility to model the language of accountability, responsibility, and taking authority for our actions and results, those employees who do not fit this behavior tend to challenge us the most. These employees have a victim mentality. This mentality can […]

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Change Management in the Federal Workplace

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Government agencies deal with a wide range of challenges – adapting to new technology, adjusting to new leadership and regulations, and dealing with a variety of employee issues like training and retention. Government agencies can use change management best practices to more successfully address challenges like these, while boosting employee morale. Change management can motivate […]

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Why Creating a Successful Company Requires You to Go Beyond the Entrepreneurial Mindset

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By Chris McGoff

‘”And it is my pleasure to introduce Chris McGoff. Chris is …” As a professional speaker, I hear myself introduced all the time. My host usually reads an introduction that I wrote, so I was surprised by my negative reaction when I was recently introduced as a serial entrepreneur. It wasn’t the first time that […]

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Challenge Conventional Thinking By Approaching Problems Differently

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By Travis Wright

I was fortunate as a kid that I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up; I was going to be a pilot. With a surname like Wright, my flying career seemed to be predestined, so it was no surprise when I went on to become a helicopter pilot in the military […]

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Four Strategies for Overcoming Culture Clash After a Merger

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There are numerous benefits of expanding your business through a merger or acquisition – you can obtain valuable resources and additional skills, diversify your product offerings, reduce costs and competition, and access a greater customer base. While M&As typically seem like promising business opportunities, executives often underestimate the challenges involved in successfully blending two distinct […]

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Make an Open Office Environment Work for Your Employees

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According to The Washington Post, nearly 70% of US office workers are working in an open office environment. Open work spaces have several benefits – employee progress is easier to track, overhead costs are reduced, team collaboration becomes easier, and employees feel a shared sense of responsibility. Despite these benefits, there is a great deal […]

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